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- Radiographers' role in radiological reporting: a model to support future demand: reply (letter)
Smith, Tony N.
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Health, University Department of Rural Health
- Peereboom appears to ignore reality. Recent news media1 gave an insight into the state of radiological services at some Sydney teaching hospitals. Thousands of images have never been seen by a radiologist. Yet, all of those images were seen by radiographers, who also saw the patients. I am frequently asked by doctors for my opinion about radiographs. At times, I volunteer my opinion to junior doctors and general practitoners. Thirty years of experience tells me that, if I don’t, they miss abnormalities, delaying treatment and decreasing the quality of care. Peereboom will have worked with radiographers capable of accurately interpreting radiographs. Today, many Australian radiography students have tertiary entrance scores in the 90s. Arguably, the only reason we cannot teach them to formally give their opinion on radiographs is because of a professional boundary drawn in the sand in the 1920s. However, the sand is shifting under the health care system. I have the greatest respect for radiologists’ knowledge, skills and intellectual capacity. However, an advanced practice role for radiographers is not just about respect. It is a human resource issue. Knowing that the current service model is antiquated, do we wish to limit the potential of both radiographers and radiologists in the future?
- Medical Journal of Australia Vol. 188, Issue 5
- Australasian Medical Publishing Company
- Resource Type
- journal article